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Thursday, September 22, 2011

CHARITY, TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY


About Lydia Cornell

Award-winning actress, author, teen mentor, talk show host, comedienne and public speaker, Lydia Cornell grew up in America’s living rooms. An international celebrity best known for her starring role as the daughter of TV legend Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack) in the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort, Cornell was one of the most popular sex symbols of the 80’s, playing virginal blonde bombshell cheerleader Sara Rush. The series airs daily on Tribune Broadcasting’s new channel Antenna TV. Recent credits include: HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm;

Triumph over Tragedy


Lydia Cornell is a women and children’s advocate, and an inspirational speaker on teen suicide prevention, domestic violence, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) — as well as on drug, alcohol and Adderall[1] abuse.

"Raising a child with brittle bone disease has been one of the most precious gifts of my life!" she says of her wonderful stepson.

Lydia endured a shattering personal tragedy when she found her younger brother’s body after a drug overdose. Sober now for 17 years, she speaks to recovery groups of up to 300 or more. She has done over 170 speaking engagements. Her talks are laced with poignant stories of transformation with an innate sense of humor and comic timing.


She spoke at Texas A&M for Domestic Violence Prevention KTAL 6 and has hosted two documentaries for Safe Passage Home.org — an organization that gives extreme life makeovers to victims of domestic abuse — which will be shown on Oxygen network. Last fall she housed several abuse victims and cared for their children throughout the school year. With the help of the police, Cornell helped rescue a battered woman, Cheri Hall Cramer, from a predator. The woman had been hit in the head with the claw-end of a hammer and left for dead. After recovering from a brain aneurysm, she is finally getting her life back on track. But because of her injuries, she was left destitute and literally "thrown away" by her husband, who has made it impossible for her to ever visit her children again. All she wants is to see her precious children, whom she has not seen in years. Justice must prevail.

Cornell speaks at high schools, hospitals, and women’s centers on overcoming grief, unemployment, sexism, ageism, depression, self-sabotage, obnoxious teenagers — and every imaginable hardship. Her talks are laced with poignant stories of transformation with an innate sense of comic timing. “If you can laugh at yourself you probably won’t kill yourself.”

Cornell’s triumph over tragedy, depression and addiction was the result of a ‘catastrophic spiritual awakening.’ “There is a reason so many celebrities are in rehab these days,” she says. Her experiences in overcoming a string of failures and humiliations inspired her to assist others with their own demons.

A mother of boys, she has been raising teenagers (and their girlfriends, who confide in her about the most troulesome things, on a daily basis.) “I have three boys and two dogs, including my husband, and they’re all going through puberty.” She also is a teen mentor and has a site for troubled teens called “The Answer Room.” She had an epiphany: ”Teenagers are not nice people,” she jokes. “But I think the Universe makes them into jerks so we don’t miss them so much when they’re gone! Or when they’re finally old enough to leave home.”



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About Lydia Cornell

Award-winning actress, author, teen mentor, talk show host, comedienne and public speaker, Lydia Cornell grew up in America’s living rooms. An international celebrity best known for her starring role as the daughter of TV legend Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack) in the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort, Cornell was one of the most popular sex symbols of the 80’s, playing virginal blonde bombshell cheerleader Sara Rush. The series airs daily on Tribune Broadcasting’s new channel Antenna TV.



• Currently in talks with Dancing with the Stars, AFI Best Actress nominee, People's Choice Award winner, and star of over 250 TV shows and films and episodes worldwide, Lydia Cornell was recently on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; The Kelsey Grammer Comedy Hour; Variety’s Power of Comedy honoring Russell Brand; and movies with Robert Downey, Jr., Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, and The Mentalist’s Amanda Rhigetti. Classic credits include: Full House, Knight Rider, A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, Quantum Leap, Love Boat (5) Hotel (2); T.J.Hooker, Simon & Simon, Charlie’s Angels; Hardball; The Red Tide with Oscar winners James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova.

Charity Work

This year Lydia has worked with the Red Cross, Firefighters, Autism Awareness, and High Hopes — Pat Boone’s charity for traumatic spinal cord injury. She recently hosted a documentary for Safe Passage Home, an organization that gives extreme life makeovers to victims of domestic violence, for viewing on Oxygen network. Last fall she housed domestic abuse victims and cared for their children throughout the school year. With the help of the police, Cornell helped rescue a battered woman from a predator.

A mother of boys, she has been raising teenagers (and their girlfriends, who confide in her about the most horrifying things, on a daily basis.) “I had three boys and two dogs, including my husband, and they were all going through puberty at the same time. Until my husband left me for Gene Simmons. He went on the road with KISS. But only the good remains in a broken marriage.” She also did charity events with L.A. Team Mentoring (after school programs for underprivileged kids) and is developing a site for troubled teens called “The Answer Room.”

News and credits include:

• In Google's Top Trends Yahoo Finance News' Most Viewed News Stories
• TMZ: Lydia Cornell was the first celebrity profiled of 2010 on TMZ.
• Too Close for Comfort has been in worldwide syndication for over 25 years and recently began airing again on Tribune, WGN and in top markets nationwide.
• Received the USO Distinguished Service Award for Beirut war zone trip for troops.
• Known for her knife-sharp humor on HBO, in standup comedy concerts, and on morning-drive radio, Cornell has been called: “A fresh voice; one of the most original voices in America today.”
• Had a feud with Ann Coulter; interviewed Elizabeth Edwards and Sen. John Edwards.
• Interviewed Pulitzer Prize Winners, White House advisers, presidential candidates, Senators, Congressmen and women, and bestselling authors for her award-winning radio show
• Has written over 350 articles on politics, women’s issues, pop culture, spirituality, religion, sex, divorce.
• Wrote an international thriller on the Stalin’s plot to kill Trotsky.
• HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David
• Kelsey Grammer – Bill Zucker Comedy Hour with Scott Baio
• Variety’s Power of Comedy with Russell Brand, Justin Long, Helen Mirren; Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman; Melissa Etheridge; Patton Oswalt; BJ. Novak; Aziz Ansari, Lake Bell, Donald Glover; Dylan McDermott; the cast of Outsourced, honoring Noreen Fraser Foundation for breast cancer research.
• Lydia costars with Robert Downey, Jr., Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Cloris Leachman, Malcolm McDowell, and Gary Oldman in Dean Grakal’s indie Me, Miami and Nancy which just won The Park City Film Festival.
• Lydia co-stars in Director Jordan Alan’s Cats Dancing on Jupiter with The Mentalist’s Amanda Rhigetti, Ashley Hamilton, Richard Grieco, Keith Coogan
• She is in talks with Dancing with the Stars.
• Lydia Cornell's blog - a triple Koufax nominee for best writing, recipient of the Thinking Blogger Award and winner of the Freedom Award and three World Report Awards, is “a consistentlyought-provoking firecracker of pointed socio-political commentary and observant, caustic wit.” (Yahoo News.)
• Cornell has crashed, burned, and seen it all. She rose from the depths of suicidal despair in an astounding resurrection. Cornell's upcoming inspirational comic memoir is a story of having to play dumb to get ahead as a woman iood. It’s about falling apart, sliding and crashing headlong into humiliation in Hollywood, New York, Monte Carlo, Beirut and beyond. “It's about how I ruined my life, behaved like an idiot, crumbled from rejection — but against all odds, kept “falling up.”
• Author – book release in 2011 the first in a series to be produced for film and TV
• She did 22 speaking engagements 2008-2011 and spoke at Texas A&M on overcoming domestic violence and did a documentary for Safe Passage, a battered women’s shelter.
• Venus Conspiracy – written and directed by Lydia Cornell, costarring Deborah Van Valkenburgh, who played her sister on Too Close for Comfort
• Pain is Inevitable, Sex Optional – on stage in her original three-woman show
• Political Voices of Women Best Writing Awards ~ World Report Award, Thinking Blogger Award; Weblog Award and Double Koufax Nominee.
• Standup: Improv, Laugh Factory, Las Vegas at the Riviera, Sahara; opening for Paul Rodriguez at Pechanga 1500 seat theater
• Yahoo! Finance News: Lydia Cornell interviews World Leaders, Pulitzer Prize Winners, White House and Presidential Candidates for new Radio Show
• Radio Show Co-Host on KLAV 1250 AM morning drive Las Vegas' Entertainment talk show for 2 years.
• Founder of Comedy Dance Film Festival co-sponsored by Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz, in conjunction with CityWalk Universal in 2011 (*TBA)


"Lydia Cornell is an award-winning actress, writer, comedienne, and talk-radio host best known for her role as "Sara Rush” - Ted Knight's dazzlingly beautiful yet stereotypically dumb blonde daughter on ABC's '80s hit sitcom, “Too Close for Comfort.” Lydia starred in over 250 TV shows & films including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Full House, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, A-Team, Hunter, Hardball, Hotel (2), Love Boat (6), Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker and the pilot of the cult series Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. She signed hundreds of autographs at their convention earlier this year in Los Angeles. She co-starred with three Oscar winners James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova in The Red Tide, shot in the Greek Isles.



Miscellaneous:

John Conley, a disabled Marine combat vet, sent her his Purple Heart for her courage in standing up to Ann Coulter's 'extermination speak'

Cornell is a Synesthete and has Synesthesia, artists, musicians and writers (including V. Nabokov, John Mayer and David Hockney) who see colors when hearing sounds, and see numbers and letters in color. The World Symposium on Synesthesia convened in Belgium last year.

Lydia stars in indie film “Damage Done; Happy Holidaze from the Joneses”

www.LydiaCornell.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

STOP CRIMINALS! LYDIA CORNELL HELPS FRAUD VICTIMS, KELSEY GRAMMER, RECOVER $100 MILLION

STOP CRIMINALS! LYDIA CORNELL HELPS FRAUD VICTIMS, KELSEY GRAMMER, NOREEN FRASER FOUNDATION, VARIETY MAGAZINE RECOVER $100 MILLION

We, the fans corrected this Original story From Star Magazine and Radar Online: By Amber Goodhand - Radar Reporter

Gorgeous Sex Symbol and Kind-hearted Star of Too Close For Comfort, Lydia Cornell is helping hundreds of victims in a lawsuit seeking to recover $100 million from the fraudsters who stole people's retirement funds and life savings. GO LYDIA! WE LOVE YOU! (call us?)

Kelsey Grammer, who is not part of the lawsuit, claims he’s also the victim of an online Ponzi scheme that has stripped him of nearly $200,000, Star magazine is exclusively reporting.

The Fraiser star claims his name and likeness were used without his permission on a website called Staropoly.com, and Grammer is now caught up in a lawsuit against the site’s parent company, TODHD, which is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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A 27-count lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on August 15, accusing those behind the website of grand theft, extortion and credit card fraud.

While Grammer, 56, admits he initially helped to promote the site, he now says they were not legitimate and took him for a ton of cash.

“He told them consistently, ‘You have no right to use my name,’ and he then hired a lawyer,” Grammer’s rep told Star.

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“He told them, ‘Remove me from this site immediately.’”

According to the lawsuit, the site was “an illegal pyramid scheme operation in order to commit credit card fraud, with no monetary return to its associates.”

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For the full story pick up the new issue of Star magazine -- on newsstands now.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

KISS TOUR BREAKS UP LYDIA CORNELL'S MARRIAGE

This is an outrageous story. Stay tuned for the details from IMPULSE magazine.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

LYDIA CORNELL, MARIO LOPEZ, JOE MANTEGNA IN THE O.C.

In MSNBC and OC Register: Stars turn out on the Red Carpet for the PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS in Laguna Beach

Lydia Cornell, Mario Lopez, Joe Mantegna, Marg Helgenberger, Donna Mills, Vicki Gunvalson


Other celebrity guests included Marg Helgenberger ("CSI"), Joseph Mascolo ("Days of Our Lives"), Drew Tyler Bell ("The Bold and the Beautiful"), A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"), Sarah Drew ("Grey's Anatomy"), Kate Linder ("The Young and the Restless"), Donna Mills ("Knots Landing"), Matthew Gray Gubler ("Criminal Minds"), Lydia Cornell ("Too Close for Comfort") and Vicki Gunvalson ("The Real Housewives of Orange County").

"The show is mind blowing," said Gubler, who recently turned 30. "It's so hard to describe something like this." Gubler had a role in the film, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," and described the experience of working with Bill Murray as "a dream come true."

Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, councilmember Kelly Boyd and other city representatives also attended the gala, which included dinner at Tivoli Terrace and a live presentation of the 77th annual Pageant of the Masters.

"This is one of the best events of the year in Laguna Beach," Pearson said. "We always look forward to having our visitors from Hollywood here. They are artistic and appreciate the arts as much as Laguna Beach residents do."

Reality TV star Gunvalson brought her friend Judy Koulias to the pageant gala. "I'm very happy to be part of this," said Gunvalson, one of the original "housewives" on the popular Bravo TV show. "It's so beautiful. I love it. I love the arts. It's magical. It's like Disneyland in an adult world."

Sunday, April 11, 2010

ABOUT LYDIA CORNELL: QUICK FACTS

Lydia Cornell has been Invited to contribute her writings to The International Museum of Peace, which houses letters from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou & Sir Edmund Hillary.




ABOUT LYDIA CORNELL



"AFI Best Actress nominee and People's Choice Award winner Lydia Cornell, currently starring in the new Kelsey Grammer-Bill Zucker Comedy Hour (2010), is an international celebrity, award-winning actress, writer, comedienne, and talk-radio host best known for her role as "Sara Rush” - Ted Knight's dazzlingly beautiful yet stereotypically dumb blonde daughter on ABC's hit series, Too Close for Comfort — and for her headline-making feud with Ann Coulter.

Known for her knife-sharp humor on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, in her headline-making feud with Ann Coulter, in her standup comedy concerts, on her morning-drive radio show and award-winning blog articles Cornell has been called: “A fresh voice; one of the most original voices in America today.”

Lydia starred in over 250 TV shows & films including Full House, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, A-Team, Hunter, Hardball, Hotel (2), Love Boat (6), Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker and the pilot of the cult series Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. She signed hundreds of autographs at their convention earlier this year in Los Angeles. She co-starred with three Oscar winners James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova in The Red Tide, shot in the Greek Isles.

• Lydia was recently seen in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, currently in the new Kelsey Grammer-Bill Zucker 2010 Comedy Hour
• Lydia costars with Robert Downey, Jr, Jon Bon Jovi, and Sara Silverman in Dean Grakal’s upcoming Sundance release Me, Miami and Nancy;
• Lydia costars in the critically-acclaimed feature Damage Done.
• Lydia is in talks with Dancing with the Stars
• Cornell has a new comic memoir coming out in 2011.
• Lydia Cornell's blog - a triple Koufax nominee for best writing, recipient of the Thinking Blogger Award and winner of the Freedom Award and three World Report Awards, is “a consistently thought-provoking firecracker of pointed socio-political commentary and observant, caustic wit.” (Yahoo News; Shotgun Reviews.)
Stars in her original three-woman show: Pain is Inevitable, Sex Optional.
• Political Voices of Women Best Writing Awards ~ World Report Award, Thinking Blogger Award; Weblog Award and Double Koufax Nominee.
• Standup Comedy ~ Improv, Laugh Factory, Las Vegas at the Riviera, Sahara; opening for Paul Rodriguez at Pechanga 1500 seat theater
• Radio Show Co-Host www.BashamandCornell.com KLAV 1250 AM morning drive Las Vegas' New Entertainment talk show
• Teen Mentor - Mentors teens; Hosts “The Answer Room” for troubled youth. Volunteers with sons for Red Cross, Imagine L.A., homeless children, and houses a domestic abuse survivor.
• Raising a special-needs child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease)
• Host of Oxygen Network documentary “Safe Passage” on battered women.
• Too Close for Comfort has been in worldwide syndication for over 25 years and recently began airing again on WGN and in top markets nationwide.
• John Conley, a disabled Marine combat vet, sent her his Purple Heart for her courage in standing up to Ann Coulter's 'extermination speak' in her article “Death is Sexier than Sex.”
• Received the USO Distinguished Service Award for her Beirut war zone trip.
• Google Hot Trends: What is Popular/What is Hot: Lydia Cornell in Google's top 100 trends for October, November 2008. And most read articles. Cornell has written over 250 spiritual-political articles on government, politics, the election, sex and religion.
• Most read stories of 2005.
• Breaking Yahoo! News: Too Close for Comfort actress Lydia Cornell interviews world leaders, presidential candidates and Pulitzer Prizewinners for new radio show http://www.lydiacornell.com/yahoocached.pdf
• In January 2009, Lydia Cornell was profiled in 2009 on TMZ. “In the '80s, Lydia Cornell became famous as Ted Knight's blonde daughter on the TV series Too Close for Comfort. Guess what she looks like now? “Fergie from Black Eyed Peas…”
• Interviewed Elizabeth and John Edwards during his affair with Rielle Hunter
• Founder of the upcoming Comedy Dance Film Festival, which she will cohost with Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz, for a network, at his Comedy Club in Universal City Walk in 2011.
• Has been invited to contribute her writings to The International Museum of Peace, which houses letters from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou & Sir Edmund Hillary

Monday, June 15, 2009

LYDIA CORNELL INTERVIEW * THE BIG QUESTION

Reprinted from
SHOTGUN REVIEWS


Living in the '80s
A column by Michael Sutton

An Interview with Lydia Cornell - Chapter I

Her beautiful eyes, wide open and brimming with youthful wonder, awakened male adolescence in 1980.


For boys of the '80s, actress Lydia Cornell was the first page of a colorful, thrillingly creative decade. Playing the sexy yet virginal daughter of Ted Knight in the ABC-TV sitcom Too Close for Comfort , Cornell was the last pin-up girl before MTV's arrival, when the trashy, tramp-look of Madonna defined - and constantly updated - the standard by which cathode-ray crushes are measured. Cornell radiated Girl Next Door innocence and angelic loveliness even when attired in the most skimpy shorts allowed by network programmers at that time.

However, that was over 20 years ago. Like many TV teenage actors and actresses who quickly found fame but then suddenly became lost after their once-popular weekly series was over, Cornell plummeted from Cloud 9, drowning herself with insecurities and dangerous addictions. But a wake-up call and the birth of her son brought the gaining of wisdom. As "pain is the touchstone of all spiritual progress," Cornell found her center and eventually herself.

Ironically, even though Cornell is actually more stunning today than in the '80s, it's her ideas that are landing her headlines. Cornell's blog, http://www.lydiacornell.com/blog.html , a double Koufax nominee for best writing, is a consistently thought-provoking firecracker of pointed socio-political commentary and observant, caustic wit. A Marine combat vet even sent her his Purple Heart for her courage in speaking out about the war in Iraq. Although still somewhat active in Hollywood, recently appearing on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and garnering indie acting nominations, Cornell spends most of her time, creatively speaking, in front of her keyboard. She has several novels awaiting publication including the thriller The Sylvia Plan , about the Trotsky assassination; the comedy Venus Conspiracy ; and the hilariously insightful one-woman show Relationshop .

Born in El Paso, Texas but raised in New York, Cornell didn't have to wait long before the celebrity spotlight cast its attention on her. Losing the role in the first pilot she auditioned for, Cornell was quickly snatched up for Too Close for Comfort . As Sara Rush, Cornell was the naive knockout blonde counterpart to Deborah Van Valkenburgh's street-smart older brunette. Simultaneously Cornell was cast in the horror film Blood Tide with James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer. However, it was a double whammy that Cornell wasn't quite prepared for. "It was so much," Cornell revealed. "I panicked, thinking I wasn't good enough, didn't look good enough." It certainly didn't help that Knight, trying to follow up his career-making success on The Mary Tyler Moore Show , was initially challenging to deal with. "It was difficult in the beginning because Ted wasn't easygoing," Cornell explained. "He was trying to make a comeback." Sometimes Cornell's relative inexperience caused minor irritations with Knight which were then inflated as major on-set troubles by The National Enquirer . "I got yelled at by Ted because I was looking at his forehead. In the middle of a scene, I was afraid to look into his eyes because I might laugh out of nervousness!" Cornell recalled, laughing. Such incidents would be then by warped by the tabloids, falsely claiming that she was causing friction on the show.

Cornell became infatuated with JM J. Bullock, who played Sara's effeminate pal Monroe Ficus, completely unaware of his sexual orientation. "I was the only person who didn't know he was gay," Cornell revealed. "Everybody knew but me!" As they walked out onto the stage, Bullock often wiggled his ass in front of Cornell, who would then blow a shot because she couldn't stop giggling.Despite all of the laughter, and an improving relationship with Knight, the producers constantly warned her that if she didn't stay thin and perfect, they would lose ratings. One day they caught her walking from the lunch room with a burrito, a box of Oreos, and a bag of M&M's and scolded her, shouting: "Don't you know you're a sex symbol!? You can't eat starch!" (Their actions would later spark artistic fuel for Cornell's screenplay for Venus Conspiracy , an indie film about Hollywood pressures on young women to remain skinny and unsure of themselves.)

Cornell developed problems with her mother as well. "My mother was a genius and a perfectionist. I adore her, but we had terrible conflicts growing up," Cornell said. "She wanted me to be a Wall Street banker, but I didn't have the numbers gene; I was a tortured artist.” Consequently, Cornell's acting career became the foundation of her self-esteem. "When you don't feel validation or approval, you try to get it from masses of strangers." And so for five years Too Close for Comfort became Cornell's primary source of attention and acceptance.

But then Ted Knight died in 1986 and ABC pulled the plug.

The spotlight, which had shown so brightly, was abruptly dimmed, leaving a very fragile girl in the darkness. It would take years of learning - and living hard - for Cornell to find her way out.

Cornell vanished from the public eye, using her savings to travel, write and jet-set around the globe. Like a planet knocked out of orbit, Cornell's life then spiraled into the abyss, descending into a black hole of drugs and alcohol. Then one day Cornell came home and found the body of her younger brother Paul, who had just died from an overdose of narcotics. The walls were collapsing around her, leaving her in depths of despair.

Until the light appeared.

To Be Continued


Michael Sutton has been a professional freelance entertainment writer since 1987. His work has appeared in magazines such as Amazing Heroes, Cinefantastique, and Fantazia. He wrote more than 500 articles for the All-Music Guide, mostly about New Wave artists. He won First Place at the Washington Press Association Awards in 1989 (A&E) and 1999 (Column) and Greater Northwest Journalism Awards (Editorial) in 2002.

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